We’re approaching winter time and we know that a lot of families are going to be enjoying Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with a variety of different foods and drink. What comes after is the guilt of enjoying those foods as people make their New Year’s resolutions geared towards losing the weight they put on in the previous two months.

What we’ve done is asked one of our partners to give our readers some tips on what to do during the next few months to reduce the weight gain and also feel better about having that extra serving of mashed potatoes.

 

  1. Try having smaller portions but more frequently
    Getting a giant plate of food often does two things. The first is that you over-stuff yourself, feeling sick, and the second is feeling obligated to finish the plate. When we have a lot of food on our plate, we then have a subconscious requirement to finish that plate rather than listen to our body’s natural signals of fullness. By grabbing smaller plates, you can more easily stop when you feel full and not feel obligated to finish the remaining food (or let it go to waste).
  2. Perform small exercises throughout the day
    You don’t need to go to the gym and do a full workout every single day during the holidays. Just try doing some exercises in the morning and/or in the evening, such as some pushups, wall squats, pull-ups if you have a bar, or even a little yoga in the morning as you get started. Just doing these small exercises will help increase your blood flow, thus increasing metabolism, which will then help you shed some extra calories — effectively mitigating some of the fat storage that you otherwise may have from all the extra carbs.
  3. Try group training now and then
    You can take a class 1-2 times per week where people are training as a group. This could include traditional group gym classes or something as intense as crossfit. Just doing it once or twice a week in addition to smaller exercises will help keep your metabolism going and, build muscle, and mitigate fat storage.

 

Doing these three things will help you keep from feeling guilty about your family dinners while also establishing new habits that you can keep with you long after most other people’s New Year’s resolutions have fizzled out. Consistently doing these things will ensure that your body retains some strength, has a heightened metabolism, and builds additional muscle while burning extra calories.

For more information, you can check out our partner DM Athletics, and their Kirkland fitness program.

Check out this quick video on an easy workout to perform at home. This is quick, only about 30 minutes, and will definitely help you keep your muscles toned and reduce muscle atrophy.